The Humble ISD Council of PTAs hosted a Founders’ Day Luncheon and celebration Feb. 20 at Walden on Lake Houston Golf and Country Club with this year’s theme, “PTA has a heart for all children.” The PTA council presented two honorary lifetime memberships and a community service award while celebrating 20 years of service, and also honored a milestone of the Texas PTA– its 100th birthday. Council president Cheryl Burnett gave a history of PTA and introduced special guests from Texas PTA– Melodye Davis, Lisa Holbrook and Tonita Franklin. Gina Remmes, Council vice president; Cindy Whitmire, Council hospitality chair; and Laura Clarke, Bear Branch PTA president, presented the awards. Honorary Lifetime Membership awards were presented to Humble ISD School Board president Dave Martin and Deborah Yocham, former principal at Willow Creek Elementary. The Community Service award was presented to Stephen Clay Long, manager of Outback Steakhouse in Humble for his years of support to schools and donations of more than $85,000. Entertainment for attendees was provided by students from area schools: Hanna Baum and Eric Dempse from Quest High School; and Jessica Eisterhold, from Kingwood Park High School. Participants had an opportunity to take part in a silent auction, basket raffle and door prizes. “The silent auction and gift baskets we raffle off as part of our Founders’ Day event are to raise funds for our scholarships,” said Burnett. The Council of PTAs awards scholarships each academic year to at least two graduating high school seniors. The purpose of the scholarships is to support students who are focused on higher education. The deadline for seniors applying for the scholarship is March 31. The Humble ISD Council of PTAs, which was organized in 1988, is presently composed of 27 local units representing 17 elementary and nine secondary schools in Humble ISD. Benefits to members include a periodic newsletter and access to events, such as officer and chairman training, leader orientation training, general meetings, Founders Day Luncheon, and the presentation of the Council of PTAs scholarship. According to their Web site, The Humble ISD Council of PTAs is the vital link of communication among the local, district, state and national PTAs. It serves to inform, inspire and instruct the local member units. Its responsibilities are to strengthen local PTAs/PTSAs; to develop leadership; to promote membership; and cooperate in improving the education and welfare of children and youth.” For scholarship application guidelines, requirements and forms, visit Photo: Dave Martin, Humble ISD School Board president, left, and Deborah Yocham, former principal at Willow Creek Elementary receive Honorary Lifetime Membership awards while Stephen Clay Long was presented the Community Service award from the Humble ISD Council of PTAs Feb. 20. Photo by Trilla Cook

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